Motor City

30 July 2016

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Lot 169

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

  • Chassis no. VC57N230071

$75,000 - $90,000


220 bhp, 283 cu. in. OHV “Power Pack” V-8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor, two-speed Powerglide transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

  • A three-owner example; just 26,000 miles
  • Very desirable 283 V-8 with Power Pack and Powerglide automatic
  • Recent mechanical servicing


"Perhaps no car is more identified with its production year than the 1957 Chevrolet. Show someone a 1957 Ford or Chrysler and they will have to guess the car’s vintage. The 1957 Chevrolet suffers no such identity crisis. That is due, in part, to the car’s popularity today and its constant exposure in movies, magazines, and television. There is no mistaking that distinctive front end and those fabulous fins."
–Chevy Classics 1955 1956 1957 by Anthony Young

In 1998, a doctor from Saginaw, Michigan, listened to his wife express the desire for a 1957 Chevrolet convertible. The doctor was made aware of the car offered here in Decatur, Illinois, who had been used several times for beauty pageants along Michigan Avenue in Chicago; in fact, it had been used to drive the previous year’s Miss America.

Soon the car had been purchased and brought to Saginaw, where it was presented to its new owner on Mother’s Day in 1998. She lovingly maintained the car until 2012, using it infrequently for school and homecoming functions with their son, as well as in local parades – the uses for which a classic Chevrolet convertible are best suited.

The car was then acquired by the present owner, who has continued to maintain the car in its highly original condition, with a tick over 26,000 miles from new. The owner is proud that the car is fully functional and roadworthy; the fuel tank and fuel lines were recently flushed, the fuel pump replaced, the carburetor rebuilt, the voltage regulator replaced, and the oil and filter changed in anticipation of this sale. The original spare and its jacking instructions are still housed in the trunk, and the car is still equipped with its “spinner” wheel covers and an unusual period-correct traffic viewfinder, a 1950s version of today’s “heads up display.” The Matador Red finish and red and silver two-tone vinyl interior both still show very well, for driving and shows alike.

Most impressively, the owner claims that outside of small local shows, this beauty has never been displayed. Accordingly, it would no doubt be the darling of Antique Automobile Club of America and Chevrolet club events, wherever the new owner shall take it with pride.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more